ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Rescued from an animal rescue. Dozens of sick cats are safe as Anne Arundel County Police investigate the hoarding at a Severna Park organization.

Andrea Fujii has the story.

It was neighbors who complained about the horrible smell. Inside, officers found 69 cats — two were dead.

The cats are recovering after Anne Arundel County Animal Control took them out of Cool Cats Rescue in Severna Park Wednesday morning.

“The animals all had fleas, all had ear mites and all had medical conditions,” said Robin Small with Anne Arundel County Animal Control.

Officers say the animals were walking in feces and there was no food or water readily available.

No one answered at Cool Cats, but the next door bridge club is all too familiar with the smell.

“Just very foul, like something rotting,” said bridge player Kitty Smith.

It was neighbor complaints that brought Cool Cats to Animal Control’s attention. The bridge players say the blinds were always down and they could only see the cats through the cracks.

Neighbor Vernele Marsh adopted one of the cats.

“They didn’t let me in. I gave them a check and I didn’t think anything of it,” said Marsh.

Cool Cats’ current license expired, which means at one point they had passed an inspection.

“They may have started out with good intentions to rescue animals, but it got beyond that and there are strict rules and regulations,” said Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold.

Their empty office now gives comfort to people who walk by everyday.

“It only has one way to go — better,” said Smith.

Animal Control is still investigating to see what charges, if any, should be filed.

The rescued cats may be up for adoption in a few weeks. In the meantime, Anne Arundel Animal Control hopes the public will adopt out their 125 other cats they’re already housing.

Comments (6)
  1. sheriff says:

    There’s way too many puppy mills & cat breefing going on in this country. Too many owners after the inital happiness wears off neglect these animals & they are left to fend for themselves. Adult strays shoud be euthanized after a two week period if nobody adopts them. These shelters need $$ to be run on, it’s not just all love & smiles.

  2. ardon says:

    This is not an example of breeding. It is a seemingly good intentioned “Rescue” organization that ended up being a front for an animal hoarding operation. This is a more common outcome than any of us “normal” pet people want to realize. It starts with one cat and then 2 more and then one has kittens and the “rescuer” can’t part with any of them but they can’t afford to get them fixed and so the kittens have kittens and then the hoarder begins to justify her situation and closes themselves off from reality…. 70 cats later – thank God someone made the call to the authorities and thank God it was a slow day in code enforcement and the authorities stepped in to stop this animal cruelty masquerading as animal rescue.

  3. Katie says:

    I adopted a cat from Cool Cats Rescue about 6 years ago and at the time it was a great organization. I think that they probably lost volunteers and funding, and the situation just got out of control. Just wish they would have asked for help.

  4. peepee leepuu says:

    i hate cats!!!

  5. sheriff says:

    Cat’s & politicans are sneaky!

  6. Angel says:

    We need new LAWS set right away about animal and human abuse Period. To all you so called top Leaders in Maryland. Stop All your BS and start making our lives a better place to live…Maryland is one of the sorry places to live. Rawlings and O’Malloy step up your game and stop all the TALK!!!

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